Physics experiment suggests magnets with only one pole actually exist

Though predicted to exist, magnetic monopoles — hypothetical elementary particles with only one magnetic pole — have never been detected by scientists. But physicists have just accomplished the next best thing by actually creating their own synthetic version of these bizarre magnetic particles in the lab. » 1/31/14 9:00am 1/31/14 9:00am

These metallic dresses were created with iron filings and magnets

This dress looks like an alien exoskeleton — but it was actually "grown" using mega-magnets, out of iron filings and a special resin. Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen created this magnetic dress in collaboration with product designer Jólan van der Wiel for Van Herpen's 2013 fall/winter couture collection. » 8/31/13 1:32pm 8/31/13 1:32pm

Watch ferrofluids dance and multiply over a water-repelling surface

Ferrofluids — those mesmerizing drops of magnetic liquid — can perform a number of neat tricks under certain conditions. But what would happen if you placed a blob of the stuff on a hydrophobic surface? Watch these videos to find out. » 7/24/13 7:40am 7/24/13 7:40am

Is this hovering computer mouse real or fake?

Get a load of this hover-tastic wireless computer mouse by KIBARDINDESIGN, which is purportedly in the "testing period and research market" stage of development. According to the design studio's website, the mouse — product designation: "The Bat" — levitates at a height of 40 millimeters on its own, or 10mm beneath the… » 3/05/13 7:40am 3/05/13 7:40am

Create Hunt for Red October's fictional submarine propulsion system...…

Some of you are old enough to remember a pre-30 Rock Alec Baldwin trying to wrangle Sean Connery's rogue Russian submarine captain and his top-secret magnetohydrodynamic propulsion system in The Hunt for Red October. The system doesn't exist, in reality, but you can make a teacup version of it, using some basic… » 3/06/12 12:20pm 3/06/12 12:20pm

Watch an iridescent "kiss" between magnetized soap bubbles

Scientists at the University of Delaware added magnetic nanoparticles to soap bubbles to be able to manipulate their thickness, their color, and their motion. Take a look at the rainbow effect they created above, and check out a short black and white film of a bubble kissing a magnet while tiny liquid particles whirl… » 12/08/11 9:20am 12/08/11 9:20am